This Saturday something remarkable is going to take place here in PDX with Hack for Portland’s Schools, where teams of coders, designers and UI geeks will try to use the might of technology to connect Portland’s public schools with neighborhoods and businesses. Coming out of a Good Ideas for Cities event that took place in February and a Wieden + Kennedy presentation about their idea for how to make Portlanders more invested in their local public schools, this event will try to offer tangible solutions to a difficult problem. Details and more info after the jump…
Hack for Portland’s Schools
Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10am–8pm
PIE: Portland Incubator Experiment
1227 NW Davis Street
THE CHALLENGETeams will have ten hours to concept and create a prototype that addresses the challenge. Successful ideas will connect Portland citizens to their public schools, and/or engage them in the five ways schools have said would be most useful – a coat, a can, a book, an hour, or a grand. The hack day will conclude with five-minute demos of each team’s projects.
BACKGROUND On June 2nd, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and GOOD Magazine, we’re holding a Hack Day to explore how technology can be used to connect Portland’s public schools with neighborhoods and business. This project emerged from a GOOD Ideas for Cities event that took place earlier this year. You can see the presentation on GOOD’s site. http://www.good.is/post/supporting-neighborhood-schools-a-good-idea-for-portland/
THE PROBLEM 85% of people in central Portland have no children of school age. This means that the majority has no natural connection with the school system. We want to make it easier for that 85% to support Portland’s public schools.
Our research with schools and supporting organizations showed that a few simple things – books, food, clothing and people’s time – could make a big difference to students. We also learnt that there are many organizations in Portland that are set up to support schools in these ways. We want to build a tool that makes it easy to find these organizations, and to give resources to them.